It's one of those articles that makes my worried wrinkles on my forehead. On Saturday, the local newspaper in Trollhättan had the production start at Saab in the sights. Six months before the start of production should actually start the hiring phase, only there is no activity detectable. One reason for the TTELA to ask some questions to NEVS press officer Mikael Östlund.
Östlund confirmed in a conversation with Valdemar Lönnroth of the TTELA that no recruitment process had been started yet. However, so Östlund, it is not sure, if you need a run of 6 months. Because, according to the press chief, intern employees deal with the production preparations. The negotiations with the suppliers are still going on. In addition, according to Östlund, the number of suppliers is shrinking to just 500. Much less than Saab had in days gone by, and a clear indication that more and more third-party expertise is being purchased. Saab 2.0 could become a very lean company.
TTELA thinks it has information after the Saab gasoline engines would come from China in the future. There was no comment from Östlund. Yes, yes, the rumor mill… Interestingly, more is known about the work on the 9-3 successor than about the possible configuration of the “old” 9-3. These rumors were a topic on SU a few days ago, and the author thought he could suggest to his readers that it didn't matter what was under the hood of a Saab.
Is it like this? My first Saab had a turbocharger and 16 valves. At that time an argument for me to drive Saab. A classic 900 without turbocharger and with 8 valve technology would have been too old for me. The successor had intercooler, balance shafts and direct ignition. The Saab 9000 CS was the most environmentally friendly car in its class at the time of its release. For the 9-5 Biopower, which came much later, spoke the advantage of a multi-fuel engine. I never cared what was under the hood. Who drives Saab, which has a certain claim. A Saab should also be premium, a word that NEVS likes to take in the mouth. A Saab, I think, should have a certain value, which is better for the core.
Under the hood should be an engine that corresponds to the brand. Eco-friendly, with turbo, and innovative. The successor to the Saab 9-3, said Östlund on Saturday in the TTELA, should be three to five years away. A long time in the auto industry and too long for NEVS not to produce in Trollhättan. In plain language, the production start for NEVS is thus without alternative. This makes it all the more important that the old 9-3 becomes a convincing package.
The body may be a classic, but under the hood should be convincing technology. The adaptation of a new engine, because GM really seems to be out of the race, takes time. The test stands in Trollhättan are running, with whatever. Hello NEVS, take the time!
So that we understand it correctly. NEVS had never promised a production start in KW 34, but only promised. Also, NEVS has not yet withdrawn this date. I do not care if the tapes are in KW 34, or KW 40. I can live with the KW 50 or the January 2014 too. It's the product that matters. The package must be correct, a Saab must be a Saab. There must be an adequate engine under the well-formed hood. Then the classic to which the 9-3 II matures is also a success.